29.2969, Calls: Morphology / Lexis (Jrnl)

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Subject: 29.2969, Calls: Morphology / Lexis (Jrnl)

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Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:59:03
From: Isabel Balteiro [balteiro at ua.es]
Subject: Morphology / Lexis (Jrnl)

Full Title: Lexis 

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology 

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2019 

Call for Papers:

The e-journal Lexis is planning to publish its 14th issue devoted to
''Blending in English'' in 2019.

Co-editors: Isabel Balteiro (University of Alicante, Spain) & Laurie Bauer
(Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand).

CFP in English: https://journals.openedition.org/lexis/1273
CFP in French: https://journals.openedition.org/lexis/1265

Blending in English:
The 14th issue of Lexis will be devoted and deal with the mechanism of
blending in English, mainly from a synchronic approach, although a diachronic
one may also be of interest. A lexical blend is generally defined as a word
which cannot be analysed into morphemes (Bauer [1983: 234]; Cannon [1987:
144]), intentionally formed by merging together elements or splinters usually
from two source lexical units (sometimes more, e.g. afflufemza < affluence +
influenza + feminism (example from Bassac [2012: 169]), or the more recent
scinfotainment, < science + information + entertainment). However, despite the
recent interest in blending, it is still a somehow poorly understood and
underresearched mechanism, often regarded as ''irregular'' (Connolly [2013:
3]) and/or ''marginal''. For these and other reasons, Lexis 14 will aim at
exploring the linguistic and even extralinguistic contexts which affect and
motivate the creation and success of blends in English.
The 14th issue of Lexis will focus on the following three main areas of
research (though scholars with other interests should feel free to enquire
about other areas):
First, what constitutes a blend and the difficulties in distinguishing blends
from other mechanisms, including problems posed by fuzzy boundaries. 

Authors may deal with issues such as:
- the identification of blending as either word creativity or word-formation;
can the limits of blending be established?
- the identification of blending as a lexical or a semantic phenomenon or
- whether the differences between blending and clipped compounding (complex
clipping), for example, are always clear; what is the most prominent
identifying feature, if any, of blends?

The second area of research will basically concentrate on the different types
of blends:
- coordinate blends
- headed blends
- blends with truncation at the inner edge of the constituent words
- blends which do not contain any input word in its entirety

The third area of research will tackle the purposes and motivations for
blending in English. By adopting a corpus-based approach, authors may:
- address the question of whether blends are created with the aim of
designating a new referent or a new concept or to give a new name to an
existing referent or concept
- explain the different motivations in different contexts and registers for
the creation of blends
- measure the weight of the semantic, phonological, graphemic and/or formal
motivation of blending in English and compare and contrast the importance of
meaning versus shape at the time of creating a blend

The articles are expected to deal with these issues from an applied
perspective, mainly via corpora or representative samples of data.

Researchers and scholars are invited to submit papers from the field of
lexicology, but also in the fields of sociolinguistics, lexicography,
comparative and contrastive linguistics, translation studies, cross-cultural
linguistics and corpus linguistics.
Guidelines and Deadlines: https://journals.openedition.org/lexis/1273


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